Bless This Food

Saying grace before meals was once common practice for many families. You don’t see it as much these days. My husband was raised Roman Catholic and tells me that growing up, grace was said before every meal. Wash your hands, say grace, dig in. There was even a grace after meals, and just to make sure you crossed yourself and dotted all the “I”s  your school made you say grace before you left for lunch and when you got back to school.

 

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Video: If You Give a Chef a Peach

Alexandra Feswick is the Executive Chef of the Samuel J.Moore in the Great Hall. We asked her what is happening in her kitchen as we sail through August and get ready for fall. She shared an unconventional, but incredibly delicious sounding, recipe for peaches with us. Grab some peaches and try it at home this long weekend.

 



We Like To Grill

Don’t let a good grilling day go to waste as we near the end of summer. Get as much lovely grilled flavour as you can before the leaves turn and everybody gets into braising and baking. Here are three of my favourite things to grill right now.

 

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Our Proud Producers: Dr.Bonner’s Magic Soap

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps are the number one selling brand of natural bar and liquid soaps in the U.S., certified fair trade and organic. The popularity of these products grew naturally and organically, as it were, through word of mouth, taking a few generations to spread from its humble beginnings, to hippie counter-culture to achieving mainstream success; from the road not travelled to life in the fast lane. Continue »



Easy Garden Design in Colour: Big Blue Pots

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The contrast of blue amongst green is an analogous contrast, making it pleasing and easy on the eyes.

One of the quickest ways I know to make a design statement in a garden, without having to try very hard, is to find the biggest, honkin’ blue ceramic pot you can find, and set it somewhere in your garden. Important: Don’t put it right in the middle, but rather place it off-centre; to the left or right, and toward the front or back of your garden space.
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